A focus on Angelica
Angelica comes from the Apiaceae family and oils in this family are warming, lipolytic, digestive and mucolytic. The Apiaceae plant family are commonly found across Europe reaching up to 2 metres so it is a fairly local plant to us in the UK. Some oils belonging to the plants in this group are often very potent being rich in ketones, which although sedative and good for breaking down fatty tissue, can also build up in the body and cause toxicity if they are used too freely.
The plant has the beautiful Latin name of Angelica archangelica and is a large hairy plant with ferny leaves and umbrella like heads of white flowers. It has a strong aromatic scent that is very characteristic being earthy and muddy with tones of sweet aniseed.
Traditionally the oil was used to strengthen the heart and stimulate the circulation and the immune system. Angelica was also used to increase the appetite and promote fertility as many of the apiaceae oils were.
The essential oil itself is antispasmodic, carminative (relieves flatulence), emmenagogic (balances the menstrual cycle), expectorant, febrifuge (reduces fever) and stimulating. It helps drain the yin energy so particularly good for colds, suffering with damp weather and phlegm congestion in the lungs. A handy one to have around physically as it can be used for a variety of ailments including congested skin, psoriasis, fluid retention, bronchitis and stress related conditions.
For me its energetics and emotionally uses are great and it’s for these reasons that I most use it with my clients. Angelica will assist people who are afraid, weak or lack perseverance and have a tough time making decisions. It helps strengthen the mind and spirit and can help with opening up to a higher level.